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Feb 23, 2018
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Budget News: Advocacy

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Your voice can make a difference

Be an advocate for students in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

With another year of state aid withholdings through the Gap Elimination Adjustment for New York State’s public school districts and tax caps near 0 percent, difficult educational decisions at BH-BL will have to be made if the GEA is not fully restored in the 2016-17 school year.

The time for change is now. The voices of school leaders and lobbyists for state-level education groups simply are not enough, as recent legislative sessions have shown. Elected officials need to hear from you, their constituents.

They need to hear from the people that are most directly impacted by their decisions year after year — the students, parents, employees, residents, community groups and business owners in BH-BL.

Effective Advocacy

Be a reliable source of information. Research your issue and know the facts so that you can provide information to legislators and answer their questions. Do not assume that legislators know specifics about the school district or education issues in general. Be prepared to follow-up with answers to any questions you may not know on the spot. Visit the budget page to view a variety of budget fact sheets.

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But what can I do?

Advocacy takes many forms. It could be a note to an elected official, a comment made during a public forum, a letter to a newspaper editor or formal testimony at public hearings. It could be as simple as chatting with neighbors to clear up misunderstandings about education issues or sharing education-related stories with a local civic organization during monthly meetings.

Becoming an advocate for education is not as hard as you might think. Anyone can become involved, at any level they choose. The only prerequisite necessary is a desire to fight for our students and our community schools. Effective advocates do their homework. They know the issues and plan their communication. Most of all, they give their time to advance their cause.

Below you will find several tools to help you become an advocate for education and for Stillwater. Thank you for taking the time to advocate on behalf of the children of BH-BL and for helping to ensure that they receive the high-quality education they deserve.


Contact your elected leaders

Governor Andrew Cuomo
N.Y. State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-8390
Twitter: @NYGovCuomo

Speaker of the House Carl Heastie
New York State Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Room 932
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: 518-455-4800
Fax: 518-455-5459

Senator Hugh T. Farley
188 State Street
Legislative Office Building, Room 711
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2181
Fax: (518) 455-2271

Assemblyman James Tedisco
Legislative Office Building, Room 404
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: 518-455-5772

Senator Carl Marcellino, Senate Education Committee Chair
188 State Street
Legislative Office Building, Room 811
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-2390Online/Social Media

Catherine Nolan, Assembly Education Committee Chair
Room 836 LOB, Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4851